100 Trafford women attended an online video awards ceremony, coming together to say well done and thank you, as International Women’s Day 2021 kicks off in Trafford, recognising and celebrating local women who have made a difference and gone above and beyond over the last 12 months.
Cllr Joanne Harding supports women from across Trafford, and was hoping to have an in-person event in 2020 before the pandemic put a stop to this. However, she wanted to say thank you for International Women’s Day 2021 and so asked for nominations. Over 100 women from right across Trafford were nominated, from a wide variety of industries and organisations.
To open the online event Cllr Harding spoke about how generally women can sometimes suffer from Imposter Syndrome, that “they’re not worthy” or may not “believe that they can achieve things”. How, in many instances over the last year a large majority of the caring work, home schooling and looking after the home has become additional tasks for women as well as employment and work. Cllr Harding advised that women need to “reflect on the things that you have achieved” – which I think everyone needs to do. Don’t think of all the things you haven’t done, recognise all the great work that you have achieved.
Kate Green (MP for Urmston and Stretford) was present as special guest and presenter. She spoke about how she never thought she would build a career around politics, that “people like me don’t do something like that.” However, as Kate Green then went on to discuss, if you have a dream or a cause that you’re passionate about, why not give it a go? You might enjoy it, you might be really good at it and you might make a difference!
Choose To Challenge
The theme for the next year is ‘Choose To Challenge’ – supporting each other as women to help even up all areas of society, help each other and to feel confident to challenge things around you if you feel it is needed and appropriate. Kate Green MP encouraged the group, saying if you see someone holding herself back with feelings of ‘I can’t do that’, ASK her to do it. Encourage and build her up. As women, don’t risk regretting not trying something new.
For each category, there were 3 overall winners, and Cllr Harding shared some of the inspiring words that had been used in the nominations to describe the work and impact the nominees had made. Some fantastic words and affects!
The 3 winners per category are –
Faith in the Community
Kate Green explained how these 3 women had adapted their services and offering to support their communities in a variety of ways. From being a community hub, offering support, to holding live online services and prayers.
Frontline Key Workers
Health and Social Care
Young Woman, aged 16-25 years
This was presented by Jennifer Williams, journalist at the Manchester Evening News. Jennifer explained how tough it was to get a start in her career, and that it was a female that gave her the first opportunity, in what was a male-dominated industry. But, that she feels as a woman she can be more open and look at things from a different perspective.
Business Leader in the Community
Voluntary and Community
This has been an amazing sector of our community during the last 12 months, and as Kate Green mentioned; “The long list of women just shows how many great women we have here in Trafford.”
Above and Beyond
I hope you’ll agree that the winners above have worked hard to support and help the local community over the last 12 months, and shows how brilliant they’ve been – often at their own expense and time? Also, to all those that were nominated and shown who have also contributed and made an impact.
Cllr Jane Slater advised that we need to be mindful of our mental health and wellbeing, equality and to make sure that women have a voice.
Thank you to Cllr Harding for arranging this event to showcase the great work effort from women across Trafford for International Women’s Day, Kate Green MP and Jennifer Williams for being involved and announcing the winners as well as inspiring those on the video call.
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